Gloucester 16A (1944) by Aaron Siskind

Gloucester 16A - Aaron Siskind - 1944

Artwork Information

TitleGloucester 16A
ArtistAaron Siskind
Art MovementAbstract Expressionism

About Gloucester 16A

The artwork titled “Gloucester 16A” was created by the artist Aaron Siskind in the year 1944. As an exemplar of the Abstract Expressionism movement, this work embodies the movement’s characteristic blending of subjectivity and emotion, offering a unique visual experience through the medium of photography.

The artwork depicts a close-up detail of what appears to be peeling paint on a wooden surface, rendered in a high-contrast black and white photograph. The focus is on the textures and abstract forms created by the naturally deteriorating materials. This piece captures the interplay of light and shadow, highlighting the tactile quality of the peeling layers and the woodgrain underneath. The stark, dark circular shape within the lighter wooden form provides a visual anchor, drawing the viewer’s eye into the composition. The photograph is devoid of human figures, emphasizing the abstract qualities and allowing the viewer to explore the tonal variations and subtle details within the frame. Through such works, Siskind’s photography transcends mere documentation, engaging with the Abstract Expressionist concern for the emotional and expressive potentials of art.

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